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Saving Civilization : Yeats, Eliot, and Auden Between the Wars - Lucy McDiarmid

Saving Civilization

Yeats, Eliot, and Auden Between the Wars

Paperback Published: 18th February 1985
ISBN: 9780521269308
Number Of Pages: 172

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"Saving civilization" was the grandiloquent cry of the 1920s and 1930s, This is a study of the various answers these three great modern British poets - Yeats, Eliot and Auden - gave to the question of how a "mere writer" could affect the world of his audience. The author concentrates on the years between the wars, a time when the pressure to save civilization was felt by poets and political leaders alike. The book avoids the typical political labels associated with these poets, such as "reactionary" or "leftist." Rather, it analyses the conflict the three felt between a civic urge to become engage and an artistic need to remain disengaged. Dr McDiarmid traces the story of the different ideals the poets formulated in response to the fragmentation and anxiety of the modern world. Yeats, Eliot and Auden experienced a simultaneous disillusionment over political goals and a triumphant rededication to artistic ones. Their realistic adjustments to the limiting conditions of the twentieth century are sensitively described in a work that has immediate interest and permanent value.

Introduction: 'Saving Civilization'
The small circle
The myth of the seventeenth century
The living voice in the thirties
The treason of the clerks
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ISBN: 9780521269308
ISBN-10: 052126930X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 18th February 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.18